Introduction from the Chief Executive

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Martin Matthews
Chief Executive
Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport is working hard to ensure that transport plays its role in supporting the government’s goal of growing the economy and improving productivity. Achieving a successful transport system in New Zealand is crucial to the performance of our economy, the operation of our communities and our way of life.

Our operating intentions reflect the priorities of the government and, particularly, the Minister and Associate Minister of Transport. We will show our commitment to delivering on the government’s priorities by providing Ministers with advice of the highest calibre. We will also ensure that transport is considered in priority policy work within other government portfolios. We also need to focus on the future to better anticipate transport challenges and make the most of opportunities as they emerge. We see this approach as ensuring that we are able to support the government with practical evidence-based advice, which is tailored to meet New Zealand’s transport needs.

The government has challenged the public sector to deliver greater value for money, improved productivity, and innovation. Part of our response to this has been to make a commitment to the government to manage within a reducing budget over at least the next two years.

We are also implementing changes to support greater productivity and performance. The Ministry underwent a reorganisation in September 2009 and is now working towards a new mode of operation as an effective, professional services ministry. Our flexible approach to the way we work will allow us to better manage our resources and focus on the work that is a priority for the government.

Our success is heavily influenced not just by the quality of our work, but also by the quality of the engagement we have with our stakeholders. We are part of the government transport sector, together with the transport Crown entities and State-owned enterprises, and have a specific role in supporting the performance and capability of the Crown entities. What’s more, central government is just one player, alongside local government and the private sector, involved in providing the transport infrastructure and services that underpin New Zealand’s economy and way of life. We cannot perform our role effectively without a good understanding of the issues affecting each of the players in the transport system. A key focus for us is to develop and maintain effective engagement with our various stakeholders to ensure our advice to government is well informed and workable.

Chief Executive statement of responsibility

In signing this statement, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the information contained in this Statement of Intent for the Ministry of Transport. This information has been prepared in accordance with the Public Finance Act 1989. It is also consistent with the proposed appropriations set out in the Appropriations (2010/11 Estimates) Bill, as presented to the House of Representatives in accordance with section 13 of the Public Finance Act 1989, and with existing appropriations and financial authorities.


Martin Matthews

Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport

Fiona Macmaster
Chief Financial Officer (Acting), Ministry of Transport


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